Stonehenge, which is perhaps the world’s most well-known Neolithic monument, has been found to have other unexpected monuments discovered beneath the surface. The findings have extended the scope of potential astronomical uses to which the builders could have used the mighty structure.
It has taken over four years for The Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project to find 15 possible henges, barrows and pits using radar that had the ability to penetrate the ground and also 3D lasers. A few of these items were known to have existed before, but there was not much known about them. However others were totally unpredicted.
Professor Vince Gaffney, who is an archaeologist at the University of Birmingham, did not just investigate the location inside the circle and immediately around. He also surveyed around the standing stones. He stated that there had been some sort of idea that Stonehenge was placed in the middle and all around was a region that excluded people. It was probably considered a ring of the dead around a distinctive area to which very few individuals were ever allowed in except for maybe priests or other types of special kinds of men doing things that were probably tremendously secretive.
It probably should not be a surprise that the various henges could have been different centers of activity. The four to eight ton bluestones were brought in from North Wales, by devices that are unknown as of the present day. However it was an amazing feat in any environment and particularly so if the majority of individuals were moving on foot from their destination.
Some of the new items were first placed underground, but others ended up being covered by the slow, steady production of soil by earthworms. That was a process whose progression was proven by Charles Darwin himself at the site. There is still very much to discover about the structures, which as of the present time, archaeologists have only been able to view through the scans but the discoveries have changed everything scientists thought they knew about Stonehenge.
The key discovery was a trough that went through an East-West ditch. It was called a Cursus. This tributary was thought to align with the sunrise on both the Spring and Fall equinoxes, stated Professor Gaffney and that it was possible this newly found trench may have let people ceremonially enter into the center of Stonehenge. He added that the region had been changed by the survey and would never be the same again.
However, he admitted that until they started digging in the location, they would not know for sure just exactly what the constructions are and what their purposes were. Of course, doing any type of excavation in one of the world’s most famous tourist spots could prove to be very complicated.
In 2013, research publicized that the region around Stonehenge was the oldest constantly occupied area in Britain, and might have been resided on since 8820 B.C. Scientists hope that any information they find about Stonehenge and its unique purpose just may shed light on the nations who formerly lived there.
Even as enlightening as the new technologies have been, the professor explained that until holes are dug, people do not know what they have gotten. With Stonehenge, which is perhaps the world’s most well-known Neolithic monument, there have monuments, which have been discovered beneath the surface.
By Kimberly Ruble
International Business Times